Wednesday, May 09, 2007
On the Road Again
Yep, I bought another pair. One can never have too many comfortable shoes. This pair traveled to Chicago and Hampton, VA with me this past week. It was a whirlwind - Chicago Monday thru Thursday, home by 9 pm Thursday, throw dirty clothes in the wash (along with my cell phone), repack, get new cell phone and arrive in Virginia for Art & Soul by 5 pm Friday (a 3+ hr drive). Teach 3 days, then head home Tuesday by way of the Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery. Now it's time to prepare and pack for Italy.
The cemetery is beautiful but a bit of a disappointment as there were hardly any angels there. But the ones I did find made the trip worthwhile. The cemetery is so named because of the proliferation of holly trees on the grounds. The only celebrities there are Presidents Monroe & Tyler, Jefferson Davis (Confederate States President) and several VA governors. I snapped a few photos and headed home ~ home sweet home.
I was hosted in Chicago by the lovely ladies of the North Suburban Needlearts Guild. Energetic Maggie Weiss arranged my visit and whisked me off after my lecture on Monday to see "the bean" at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. It was great actually seeing parts of Chicago. Usually I am stuck at the convention center and hotel but on this trip I actually saw the city and even had the chance to walk along the beach of Lake Michigan, just a block from my hostess, Jeanne Reed's home.
It was cold and windy on the beach, but I knew I would be sorry if I did not stick my toe in the Lake. It's my thing now, to be "in" as many bodies of water as I can, to mark my travels physically as well as mentally. I have a new awareness of travel and a sense of being in a place that I have not had before. In many ways, so much is happening in my life right now that I cannot absorb it all fast enough. It has not really, truly sunk in that I have been to Australia and New Zealand and in just 8 days, I am off to Italy. I want to ponder over and feel the wonder of all these experiences, yet my schedule and family keep me totally in the present moment. Perhaps this summer, or maybe not even until next year, the year I take off from teaching, will I find the open mental spaces for the contemplation time I seek.
I have been so blessed with all that has happened these past few years since I began to follow my heart and share with others the magic and wonder that comes from making art. I have met many beautiful, loving, open and giving people and seen worlds and wonders I never expected to see. To all of you who have been a part of it and have crossed my path, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.